Hendra virus is a rare but often fatal disease of horses that can be spread from horses to humans where it is often fatal. Hendra virus infection can be passed through the virus’s normal wildlife host, the flying fox (fruit bat).
To help manage the Hendra virus disease:
Avoid contact between horses and flying foxes by:
Hendra virus causes vague symptoms early in infection such as restlessness, depression and fever. The virus can be spread by infected horses for up to three days before they show any clinical signs of infection.
If you are uncertain, but suspect your horse may be infected with Hendra virus, it is very important to:
Hendra virus is a notifiable disease and the vet will notify Local Lands Services or NSW Department of Primary Industries if they suspect Hendra virus immediately. For more information, visit our Hendra virus webpage.
Equine influenza is an acute, highly contagious, viral disease that can cause rapidly-spreading outbreaks of respiratory disease in susceptible populations of horses. Equine influenza is endemic in Europe (except Iceland) and in North and South America. In these countries most outbreaks are minor and sporadic due to the high level of vaccination.
NSW is free of Equine influenza, thanks to horse owners, industry and the public whose assistance during the 2007- 08 outbreak allowed NSW DPI to achieve a monumental victory over this disease.
Equine influenza is a notifiable disease and the vet will notify Local Lands Services or NSW Department of Primary Industries immediately if they suspect this disease.
For more information, visit our Equine influenza webpage.